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US President Donald Trump has begun his five-nation Asian tour, visiting Japan and South Korea, with China, Vietnam and the Philippines to follow. At 13 days, it is his longest foreign trip as US president, and it is the longest Asian trip for a US president since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

In Japan he met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where tensions with North Korea dominated discussions. Abe said Japan and the United States are in “complete agreement” as to the way forward in dealing with North Korea, including that now is not the time for direct talks with Pyongyang. “For more than 20 some years, the international community attempted dialogue with North Korea,” Abe said. “Now is the time not for dialogue but for applying a maximum level of pressure on North Korea.”

In South Korea, Trump visited Camp Humphreys and dined with troops from both the United States and South Korea. Later, at a joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he believes the US-led coalition is “making a lot of progress” on the North Korean issue. Moon said he and Trump carried out “candid” talks about the North Korean issue and agreed to scale up regional deployments of military forces.

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